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Het Tapissierspand: Interpreting the Success of the Antwerp Tapestry Market in the 1500s
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During the 1550s, a warehouse was constructed in Antwerp with funds from both the city government and a private investor. This building, the Tapissierspand, became the global center for selling and... More > distributing tapestries of extraordinary beauty, exquisite craftsmanship, and exorbitant cost. The construction of the building indicates that the very nature of how tapestries were made and purchased was changing in the 1550s. At a time of upheaval and mismanagement, survival and financial success through the reduction of risk was of primary importance. Tapestry weaving carried inherent—and large—risks; raw materials were expensive, and workshops often did not have the capital needed for on spec weaving. For the buyer, the purchase of on spec tapestries without any guarantees of quality or origin was equally risky. The new Tapissierspand allowed buyers and sellers to minimize risk by facilitating exchange of knowledge, assessment of quality, negotiation of prices and commissions, and extension of credit.< Less
Jordaens: Drawings Colour Plates
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Jacob Jordaens was one of three Flemish Baroque painters, along with Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, to bring prestige to the Antwerp school of painting. Like Rubens, Jordaens painted... More > altarpieces, mythological, and allegorical scenes, and after 1640—the year Rubens died — he was the most important painter in Antwerp for large-scale commissions and the status of his patrons increased in general. Besides a large output of monumental oil paintings he was a prolific tapestry designer, a career that reflects his early training as a "watercolor" painter. Jordaens' importance can also be seen by his number of pupils; the Guild of St. Luke records fifteen official pupils from 1621 to 1667, but six others were recorded as pupils in court documents and not the Guild records, so it is probable that he had more students than officially recorded. Among them were his cousin and his son Jacob.< Less
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